ActionAid International: PROTEST: Activists From Around the World Will Protest the United Nation's Failure to End Deaths By Starvation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2007
Sandy Krawitz, ActionAid Inernational
Protest: Activists From Around the World Will Protest
the United Nation's Failure to End Deaths By Starvation
NEW YORK - September 17 - Interviews and photo calls.
What: PROTEST: Activists from around the world will protest the United
Nation's failure to end deaths by starvation, calling for hunger and the
right to food to be addressed as political priorities at the UN General
Who: Key speakers:
Ibrahima Niasse: Head of Senegal's Farmers' Platform, will speak
on poverty and hunger in his homeland.
AFM Shahidur Rahman: Head, Livelihood security and Risk Reduction
Sector of ActionAid Bangladesh, will speak on the surmounting
challenges faced by women without land.
Thomas Johnny: Policy Research and Advocacy Manager from
ActionAid Sierra Leone, will speak on the threats of hunger in
When: September 18, 2007 1:15PM-3:00PM
Where: Ralph Bunche Plaza, 1st Avenues, between 42nd 43rd Streets
35,000 people die of hunger every day. ActionAid's HungerFREE campaign,
which spans more than 30 countries, calls on governments to deliver on
their Millennium Development Goal to halve hunger by 2015, by ensuring that
they respect, protect and fulfill the right to food; strengthen corporate
regulations; expose companies when they exploit poor people; and protect
poor women's access to land.
Notes to editors:
The official opening of the 62nd UN General Assembly is on September
18th. The September 18th HungerFREE protest launches a week of actions.
These will take place daily September 18th - 21st from 1:15-3:00 PM at
Ralph Bunche Plaza.
A special protest, featuring celebrities from Hollywood, Bollywood, and
Nollywood (Nigerian film), will take place at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
September 25th. Journalists may register for advance media advisories by
ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency working in over 40
countries, taking sides with poor people to end poverty and injustice
together. For more information, http://www.actionaid.org.